The Right Prep For Civilian Careers: Army Reserve

Trevor Whipker relates how his experience as a health care specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve prepared him for the fast pace of the civilian ER.

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To be a good ER nurse you need to be able to listen to the patient but you also need to know the signs and the symptoms, uh what the patients presenting with, what medicines are used to treat it, and in case the doctor is not there, what kind of dosage are you giving these medications at.

His blood pressure is eighty over forty.

The Army Reserve prepared me for the high level octane that’s in the emergency room.

Being cool under pressure means, like, the patient feels more confident in your care, makes the other nurses feel better about being in the same situation as you.

I feel like the other nurses see the skills that I have and also the doctors give me a different kind of respect. The incredible trauma skills that I learned in the army reserve allowed me to excel in the civilian side.